book review

She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla


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***Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley***

Blaming herself for the death of her twin sister, Juliet Anderson only has two things keeping her afloat — ballet and her best friend, Ben Riley. When Ben decides to attend New Jersey University for a football scholarship, Juliet is determined to follow him, using this time away from home to make him fall in love with her. However, she wasn’t expecting to find a special connection with Ben’s roommate, Chase Cooper, who moved across the river to clean up his act.

I pretty much breezed through this book because it was so easy to get caught up in the story. It started out as a pretty light read, but as the page turned, the more we got to uncover another layer to each of these characters. And it wasn’t just the two main characters that grabbed my attention. Some of the secondary characters will find a little nook in your heart as well. Just an abundance of great characters.

I also loved that though this story was told in both Juliet’s and Chase’s points of view, it was done well. I hate it when writers use dual POVs to talk about how both characters felt or experienced the exact same scenes. In this book, it was used successfully to not only give us a glimpse of how complex these characters are, but it also helped in moving the story forward.

The only thing I had an issue with was the paranormal aspect of the story. I do believe that there are people out there who see/feel people’s auras. I’m just not sure if it was utilized well in this story. Granted, it made for an interesting read, and it definitely added a splash of color (literally and figuratively) to the story. I’m just not convinced that this story needed it to set up the conflict.

In any case, though it didn’t feel real to me, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. Still worth a read if you’re looking for a story about making mistakes and finding inner strength to correct them.

Rating: 3.5 stars


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